Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, March 22, 1916: “. . . . now we get only two hot meals a day.”

–from the diary of Sir James Wordie—

“22 March. 63º 19’5’ S., 53º 26’ W. Short commons start today. It was found yesterday that we had only 10 days blubber left: the meat estimate varies from 30-40 days. So now we get only two hot meals a day.

“For this shortage bad management is to blame, as for months past many of us have urged the prudent course of laying in more meat, while it was available. These rations give each man about 1500 calories per day.”

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